Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dear Austin,

Please invest in these:


I feel guilty every time I see a panhandler (like, ten times a day), but I can not bring myself to give them money, because: 1) I don't have a lot and 2) I don't trust where it's going, and I'm not pro-funding addictions.  I prefer to give money to my church, or something similar, but it still doesn't make me feel better to tell a person no to their face. 

These little boxes in Little Rock are brilliant.  To discourage panhandling, they set these "Change For The Better" boxes up all over downtown, and the money goes to homeless shelters and other organizations that benefit people who truly need help.

So Austin, please consider this!  It seems way overdue.

7 comments:

Joye or not joy? said...

Yeah, the panhandlers in Austin can be pretty bad. I used to buy a bag of fruit to carry around in my car... "no, I won't give you money but here's an orange". It worked for my guilt and their hunger.

alamocitystyle said...

This is definitely needed in Austin, I feel the same as you about giving them money, but I always feel bad! This is such a great idea!

flowermash said...

I think this is needed everywhere.

There are so many great inner city outreaches that could use the donations.

alabaster cow said...

i absolutely love the photos and your writing, amanda. fine, i admit it, i wanna be like you :p

and here's a blog award:
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Grant said...

I am gonna pitch running a story about these in tomorrows News meeting. If we pick the story up I will tell you when you can watch the news.

Starr Crow said...

your making a difference lady. well done!

Sam said...

What a great idea! Missouri needs those too.

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